Anthony Watson (London, England) (October 2013 – Present)

Anthony Watson (London, England) (October 2013 - Present) is a leading British business and technology executive who services on the boards of several public companies and charities in the UK, USA and internationally. He is also deeply involved in British politics. 

Prior to founding UpholdBank (Uphold Group PLC) in 2016, Anthony was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Uphold, Inc., one of the fastest growing FinTech money companies in the world. Previously, Anthony was the Global Chief Information Officer of Nike, Inc. where, as a member of Nike’s executive committee he had company-wide strategic and operational responsibility for leading and delivering technology for the world's largest sportswear and sports apparel brand one was the Managing Director & Chief Information Officer of Europe Middle East Retail & Business Banking (EMERBB) and of Global Operations at Barclays Bank PLC. In addition; Anthony was Chair of the EMERBB Operating Committee. Before Barclays Anthony was the Senior Vice President & Global Head of Technology Services at Wells Fargo & Co, where he led the technology division of the bank across 44 countries and was a member of the Wells Fargo Bank International Executive Committee. 

In addition to serving as a member of GLAAD’s National Board of Directors since 2013, Anthony is also an Independent Non-Executive Director, Member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Digital Global Services, a public company listed on the London Stock Exchange. He is also a Patron of Diversity Role Models, the LGBT education and anti-homophobic bullying charity based in the United Kingdom (UK) and Chair or the British Labour Party's Business and Enterprise Counsel where he advises Her Majesty’s Official Opposition.

  • January 2016: Telegraph Newspaper named Anthony the No 1 (out of 100) most powerful LGBT business leader in the UK. 
  • October 2015: Financial Times named Anthony the 9th (out of 100) most influential LGBT business leader in the world.
  • January 2015: Telegraph Newspaper named Anthony the 4th (out of 50) most powerful LGBT business leader in the UK.
  • November 2014: Independent Newspaper placed Anthony 44th (out of 101) in a reader’s poll of LGBT people who make ‘Great Britain a better place to live’. In a list dominated by celebrities, Anthony was only one of two business leaders on the list.
  • October 2014: Fortune Magazine placed Anthony 19th in Fortune’s “40 under 40”, which lists the world’s 40 most powerful C-Suite executives under 40.

Anthony is based in London, England but travels extensively on business. He tweets at: @AnthonyWatson